Population Services International

Project Director, Somalia / Somaliland

4 months ago(9/14/2017 4:34 PM)
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Project Director, Somalia /Somaliland

Department: East Africa

Based in Nairobi, Kenya with over 50% travel to Somalia

Reports to the Country Representative


Who we are


With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


Join us!


PSI seeks an experienced Project Director to lead the management, coordination and reporting of all activities under a one-year USAID-funded project. The purpose of this project is to increase access to maternal and child health through the public health sectors in Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland and private sector in Somaliland through innovative approaches and improve informed demand of these health services. Further; the project will help the Ministries of Health (MOH) play a leadership role in developing operational plans for the Somali Health Sector Strategic Plans PHASE II. The Project Director will represent the project and coordinate with all cooperating organisations and be the point of contact to the donor for all purposes of this project. This position will report directly to the Country Representative and is contingent on USAID approval.


This position is a one year position which will be based in Nairobi, with significant travel to Somalia.


Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution 

  • Manage all donor requirements for the program implementation, including effective utilization of the budgets and ensure project deliverables are achieved.
  • Develop and maintain strong relations with key stakeholders including government, particularly the Health Sector, donors, and partners, coordinating regularly with them on project updates and results and attending relevant technical working groups and conferences as required.
  • Manage a strong and positive relationship with the implementing partners in the consortium to ensure accurate reporting, both programmatic and financial in line with USAID and PSI requirements.
  • Work closely and coordinate with the Community Health and Nutrition through Local Governance and Empowerment (CHANGE) Program Advisor
  • Ensure project reports submitted to donors and other stakeholders are accurate, complete and on time.
  • Coordinate and manage the work of our key implementing partners/sub-contractors to deliver a successful program.
  • Lead internal and external program planning, communication and reporting with sub-contractors.
  • Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to USAID.
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards.
  • Assist in the development of external relations, in particular with government, NGO, donors and the private sector
  • Assist the Country Representative with other duties as needed


What are we looking for?

Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree/PhD in Public Health or related field from an accredited University.
  • At least 7 years of project management experience of public health projects.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a senior level of a management.  
  • Experience in conflict/ post conflict settings.
  • Experience and skills in financial management and performance monitoring are essential.
  • Experience in implementing donor funded programmes, in a managerial position as well as Chief of Party or equivalent.
  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision making and Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to represent PSI at the highest levels of government and partner organization.
  • Proven record of working with large and diverse teams.
  • A strong background in maternal and child health and reproductive health programming.
  • Experience in management of USAID projects preferred.

Other skills and attributes


  • Presentation skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Change management skills
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strategic management skills
  • Ability to develop long-term strategic plans for the project and further developing operational short and medium-term plans

References will be required. 



  • Exempt

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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